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Our Personnel

Former Law Enforcement Officers

Experienced, Highly Trained
and Dependable

Owens & Associates Investigations is a full service investigative agency that provides a variety of services for law firms and corporate executives. Our investigative personnel are all former law enforcement officers with extensive experience in all phases of legal, criminal and civil investigations.

Wayne Owens

  • Special Agent, FBI
    • Managed the FBI’s investigation into the failure of U.S. National Bank in San Diego, CA
    • Traveled to the Caribbean Islands and obtained four felony convictions in an offshore bank scam in Antigua and Montserrat
    • While assigned to the U.S. Congress, House Appropriations Committee, Surveys and Investigations Staff, participated in investigations of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the National Reconnaissance Office (one of the nation’s most highly classified intelligence agencies)
    • Supervised the Alexandria, VA FBI office’s Iran/Contra investigation and the Procurement Fraud scandal within the Pentagon
  • Licensed CA Private Investigator and Private Patrol Operator
  • President/CEO, Owens & Associates Investigations, for 33 years
    • Investigated the Lincoln Savings & Loan/Charles Keating scandal on behalf of bondholders who lost over $200 million
    • Solved San Diego’s longest serial rapist case, known as the “Room for Rent Rapist” case
    • Managed executive protection detail for top level executives of General Dynamics during the Gulf War
    • Manages 24/7 estate protection detail for one client and manages event-specific executive protection for numerous clients

Arnie Gerardo

  • Inglewood Police Department
  • Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Portland OR
  • Special Agent, FBI
  • Special Agent, U.S. Customs
  • Licensed CA Private Investigator
  • State Department Foreign Language Certification in Spanish, Level 5
  • Specializing in investigative services in Mexico, executive protection, kidnapping and airport security

Norm Belsterling

  • Deputy Sheriff, San Diego County
  • Police Officer, Oceanside, CA Police Department
  • Licensed CA Private Investigator
  • Special Investigator, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Specializes in executive protection

Cristopher J. Toledo

  • Thirty-four years of Federal and city law enforcement and management experience, to include a substantial background in transnational organized criminal investigations and VIP/executive protection with the United States Secret Service.
    • Resident Agent in Charge – DHS/USSS Attaché United States Embassy in Bucharest, Romania
    • Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge, Los Angeles Field Office
    • Supervisor and Lead Instructor – International Law Enforcement Academies
    • Special Agent Former President Ford Protective Division
    • Special Agent Los Angeles, CA Treasury Office of Inspector General
    • Advanced Hostage Negotiation Course, FBI
    • Counter Intelligence Awareness and Mitigation Supervisor’s Course
    • Fraternal Order of Police
    • Latino Police Officers Association
    • National Association of Threat Assessment Professionals
    • United States Secret Service

Sandra Yoshimizu-Placak

  • Experienced in launching foreign based gaming companies in the heavily regulated U.S. market
  • 20 years experience in forensic financial investigations and gaming regulatory compliance
  • Expertise in corporate governance, building relationships, negotiations and team leadership
  • Fluent in Japanese, Member of International Association of Gaming Advisors and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Deputized with the states of MA, OH, and the government of Singapore

Benjamin A. Ekeland

  • S. Army Basic Airborne and Field Medic Schools
  • Law Enforcement Operations and Resource Management, California State Parks
  • Specialized Aquatic Rescue, First Aid, Court Liaison and EMT-1
  • Police Officer, Oceanside, CA Police Department
  • E.R.T Officer (High risk emergency mental health response)
  • O.S.T. Advanced Certificate
  • Concurrent Defensive Tactics and Martial Arts Training
  • Advanced Driver Pursuit Training and Tactical Rescue
  • Specializes in Executive Protection